Early Literacy (Birth to Age 5)
Literacy development begins at birth, and we encourage parents and caregivers to bring infants and young children to Storytime. Even very young children learn literacy skills when exposed to books and reading. For more information, please read Early Literacy: Frequently Asked Questions.
Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library
The Every Child Ready to Read ® (ECRR) framework guides the design of all our Storytimes. As such, Storytimes meet the early literacy needs of children and educate caregivers in ways to foster development.
Born Learning promotes turning everyday moments into fun learning opportunities for children.
Early Literacy Activities Calendar
The Early Literacy Activities Calendar is filled with a year’s worth of tips and activities to help you prepare your young children for success in school and beyond. View and print a copy of your own using the link below:
The information found on MyPre-K is designed to connect you to a variety of great resources in your community. You will find ideas that can help prepare your son or daughter for school. You will also find information provided by your local school district—your partner in preparing your child for future success!
Rhyme Time Videos
Watch and learn fun rhymes, songs and fingerplays with Rhyme Time! Find more videos like these on our Rhyme Time YouTube channel.
- Singing with our children is one way to help them hear the smaller sounds in words, especially if there is a different note for each syllable?
- By reciting nursery rhymes you help your child build a strong foundation for learning how to read?
- Hearing rhymes and patterns in sounds helps to trigger speech?
Did You Know…
Download our Take-Home Fun sheets filled with reading recommendations, rhymes, activities and early literacy tips, or pick one up at your next storytime visit.
The Library offers a variety of storytimes at various locations. Be sure to check our Events Calendar to find the storytime that is right for your family.
- Baby Time (birth – 18 months)
- On-the-floor interactive fun for babies through 18 months. Encourages a love of books and begins to build six pre-reading skills through books, fingerplays, songs, and playtime.
- Tiny Tots (18 months – 2 1/2 years)
- On-the-floor interactive fun for children 18 months to 2 1/2. Encourages a love of books and builds six pre-reading skills through books, finger plays, songs, and playtime.
- Toddler Tales (2 1/2 – 3 1/2 years)
- Children ages 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 have fun developing pre-reading skills through stories, songs, rhymes, and activities.
- Bookworms (3 1/2 – 5 years)
- Children ages 3 1/2 to 5 have fun developing pre-reading skills through stories, songs, rhymes, and activities.
- Family Time (birth – 5+ years)
- Help your children birth through 5 years build language and literacy skills through interactive stories, songs, and music.
- Music & Movement (3 1/2 – 5+ years)
- Families and friends move, dance, and sing to a variety of music. We’ll share stories and play with instruments, scarves, parachutes, and more.
- Sensory Storytime (birth – 5+ years)
- A monthly program designed for children with sensory processing sensitivities.
- Stories with Art (3 – 6 years)
- Explore colors, shapes, and textures with stories using paint and other mediums.
- Tiempo de Cuentos/ Spanish Storytime (birth – 5+ years)
- Cuentos canciones y juegos para pequeñitos de 0-5 años con sus padres.
Child Developmental Screenings
Want to find out how your child, ages two months to three years, is developing? Library staff are trained to offer developmental screenings using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). For more information and to schedule an appointment, call the Early Literacy Specialist at 342-BOOK, ext. 8138. Screenings can take place at the BCPL location of your choice.
Devices and computers are a part of our daily lives, as well as our children’s. That’s why BCPL is committed to helping our families find fun, educational and age appropriate digital media content for their little ones. Try out the following apps and websites to help turn screen-time into learning-time.
WebsitesABC Mouse (free for in-library use)
Peep and the Big Wide World
PBS Kids Video